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Request and Permission
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn request and permission, and it's important to sound polite when doing so. Students also learn how to ask for permission and make requests in different situations using different forms. This lesson starts with a short story about the teacher. This is followed by a gap-filling exercise based on a listening track which draws students' attention to phrases used to "make requests" and "ask for permission". Students learn how to give positive or negative polite responses afterwards. Finally, there is some controlled practice in the form of some fun activities and free practice via a final role-play speaking activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of language used for request and permission in the context of in the office. To provide clarification and give practice of polite requests, through a context of a conversation. They will learn that there are many different ways of making polite requests in English. Also students will notice that if they do not want to sound rude in speaking, then they will need to know how to make a request in a polite way.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice listening in order to understand related sentences about request and permission in the context of in the office


Warm up / lead in (2-4 minutes) • To warm up students' mind for the target language through a funny act.

The teacher will say a short story. The story is about the teacher's personal experience with her neighbour. Then extend the topic to students' experience in the same situation.

Clarification (12-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language. MFP

1- Ask students how we make requests politely and how we request something from others politely. Get some answers and write the phrases on the board (elicitation). Then explain how we use them : How we can make questions when we ask someone to do something: Can you _________ please? Could you _________ please? Do you think you could ____________ please? Do you mind ____________ please? Would you mind ____________ please? Desired answers would be: Can you give me your pen, please? Sure. Could you give me your pen, please? Yes, of course. Do you think you could give me your pen, please? Yes, certainly Would you mind giving me your pen, please? No, I don’t mind. Can/could + subject + V(bare infinitive or base form) would + subject+ V-ing English are usually made in the form of questions 2- Ask students how we can make questions when we ask for permission to do something: Can I _________? Could I _________ please? Is it alright / OK if I _________ ? Do you think I could _________ ? Do you mind if I_________ ? I wonder if I could _________ . Can I have your pen, please? Sure! Could I have your pen, please? Of course. Is it all right / OK if I have your pen? No sorry, I need it. Do you think I could have your pen? I am sorry, I am using it. Do you mind if I have your pen? No, I don’t mind. I wonder if I have your pen, please. Sure! Here you are. 3- Tell students how can we sound more polite: 1. Using please or using could instead of can 2. Using more words e.g. 'Do you think I could...' instead of 'Could I...' 3. Using intonation appropriately.

Listening practice • To provide more examples of the target language via listening.

1. First, the students are required to read the text individually to guess the answers. 2. listen to the audion and complete the dialogue. 3. peer check the answers. The answer key will be provided by the teacher at the end of the practice.

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • Language Practice for concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

1-Give students a matching sentence exercise and ask them to do the exercises individually and then peer-check. 2- Show a short movie in order to show the studnets real context of the target language. 3- Students are required to ask the teacher politely for a bar of chocolate. If they make the correct sentence, they will have the chocolate.

Freer Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with freer practice of the target language

1. Introduce some scenarios to the students and ask them to form polite requests related to that scenario. 2. Give students role-play and let them work in pairs. 3. Then whole class feedback.

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